Guwahati: In a bid to keep tabs on the variety of water birds flocking the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the authorities concerned have for the first time introduced a census dedicated to them. The water bird census was launched on Thursday in four of its lakes under Sohola, Agaratali, Kohora and Bagori forest ranges of the park.
Around 15 leading animal rights organisations, including the World Heritage Park, World Nature Forum (WNF), Aranyak, Wild Life Staff of India, and Corbett Foundation, among others, have been roped in to conduct the census. Apart from the officials from these organisations, several students and volunteers have also been given training to carry out the exercise in a proper manner given the fact that water-birds are one of the key indicators of a wetland’s health.
In a press statement, the KNP management said, “We have provided a colourful data sheet along with binoculars and other modern equipment for a fruitful result. As the KNP has around 92 permanent water bodies and over 250 seasonal water bodies, this exercise would be an important factor for the park.”